Archive for the 'nanotechnology' Category

EPA moves to plug major Energy Star leak

April 28, 2009

DeviceGuru recently reported on a reader’s discovery that his “Energy Star compliant” Sony HDTV was consuming 200 times its advertised standby power. Now, he’s back with good news: the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to plug this gaping energy-draining hole via a new release of its Energy Star TV specification.

Euro project slashes flexible display costs

December 8, 2008

European researchers have developed a cost-effective method for manufacturing flexible displays in much the same way that newspapers are printed. Their work could revolutionize packaging, advertising, and even clothing.

Researchers patent biobots

November 25, 2008

A team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley has filed a patent application covering “biobots.” The tiny (100 to 300 nanometers) biologically-derived robots are touted as being useful for defense, energy, medical, and consumer electronics applications.

Color e-paper display uses nanotubes

October 28, 2008

Samsung Electronics showcased the “world’s first” carbon nanotube (CNT) based color active matrix electrophoretic display (EPD) e-paper device at a trade show in Korea last week. The A4-sized device resulted from a collaboration with Unidym, a specialist in CNT-based transparent electrodes.

Download free nanotechnology articles

October 2, 2008

A recently launched nanotechnology publication is making all of its articles available for free download. Nano Research, launched in July, is touted as a peer-reviewed, international, interdisciplinary journal focused on all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Get ready for… Nanosoccer!

September 22, 2008

“Imagine a robotic David Beckham six times smaller than an amoeba playing with a ‘soccer ball’ no wider than a human hair … with all of the action happening on a field the size of single grain of rice.”

Intel CTO showcases futuristic research

August 21, 2008

Intel CTO Justin Rattner speculated on where technology might take us by the middle of the 21st century, in his keynote an Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco today. Rattner showcased several areas of Intel’s advanced research, including wireless power transfer, shape-shifting matter, and technologies to make robots more personal.

Caltech unveils microsopic microscope

July 30, 2008

Caltech claims its researchers have “turned science fiction into reality” with their development of a single-chip “microscopic microscope.” Although it doesn’t have any lenses, the device is said to provide magnification comparable to that of sophisticated optical microscopes.

Molecule-scale memory augurs terabyte iPhones

April 19, 2008

Researchers at the University of Glasgow say they have created a molecule-sized switch that offers vast increases in solid-state storage for devices such as MP3 players. The “breakthrough” molecule-sized switch can theoretically increase the number of transistors per chip from today’s limit of around 200 million to “well over a billion,” the team claims.

Report warns of nanotechnology’s toxic risks

April 2, 2008

While nanotechnology promises to transform the fields of electronics, medicine, environmental remediation, and solar energy, the “nano boom” is not without substantial envirnmental risks, warns the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) in a newly published 30-page report.